Home is Where the Art is!

Lisa Cunningham showed an interest in art and drawing from a very young age. She remembers taking an aptitude test from The Art Instruction Schools in the pages of a magazine, and her excitement when the results came back in the mail letting her know that she was, “a promising artist.” As Cunningham explains, “I was 11-years-old then and announced to the world that I was going to be an artist.”

She notes that her father, a hobby photographer, played a large role in shaping her art. Cunningham was able to learn from him about the nuances of photography, and had the pleasure of watching him develop his photos in their basement darkroom. She took formal art and photography classes throughout junior and senior high school, and earned degrees in both fine art and art education from Keystone College and Kutztown University. Now an award-winning artist, she belongs to the Pastel Society of America, the American Artists Professional League and the Salmagundi Club in New York City, as well as holding signature memberships with several prominent societies. Her work was exhibited locally and nationally, and can be found locally at Butternut Gallery in Montrose.

Cunningham remains passionate about her work. “I enjoy painting what I discover on my travels, the simple things that exist in everyday life, as well as all of the great local architecture right here in Northeast PA,” she explains. She developed her own style—realizing the medium of pastels fit best with her original love of drawing. She also came to find that she often liked presenting close-up images in her art; “inviting the viewer in to experience my interpretation of that moment in time.”

When working on commissions, Cunningham points out that her process varies based on the specific client and subject— the process is outlined in a package she prepares for each person individually. She has worked with people throughout Northeast PA as well as those living in Jersey Shore, Maine and Nantucket. If it is possible to meet on site, Cunningham will meet with clients to take photographs and discuss the timeline for the work in person. If distance will not allow, she often works off of a photograph provided. She then begins with a rough drawing, working through the phases of painting, and continually updating the client with photographs throughout the process. Depending on each person’s preference, she is flexible—either sticking strictly to the photo, or other times painting more creatively.

Many of Cunningham’s clients are people who cherish their homes, the homes they are moving away from, vacation homes, businesses or travel memories, and want to capture the places they value with a painting. For Cunningham, making human connections, and learning about the lives and the places that matter to those she works with is what it’s all about. She enjoys working closely with clients throughout the process

of creating a commissioned work, and looks forward to the rewarding feeling of delivering acompleted painting. Visit www.lisacunninghamfineart.com. –Melissa Durante